David Soares

President and CEO, Lexden Capital

David R. Soares is President and CEO of Lexden Capital, a company specializing in project investment and finance in the commercial real estate and infrastructure markets.

Educated in London, David has over 30 years’ experience in finance and real estate investment in both the international and domestic arenas.  Since moving to New York in 1984, he has focused on real estate finance, investment and risk management. Early in his career, David performed all aspects of due diligence procedures related to commercial real estate transactions and finance, from underwriting to closing. He began originating directly in 1996, and has been responsible for more than $3 Billion dollars of infrastructure and real estate finance in the form of equity, short-term debt, construction loans, permanent mortgages, mezzanine debt and equity financing.

David is a founding Managing Partner in North Hill Capital Management (“NHCM”), the Lexden Capital bridge loan fund formed in 2005. With originations in excess of $300 Million, NHCM originates, underwrites and services commercial bridge loans for its own balance sheet.

Since 2010 David has applied his credit and capital market expertise to the infrastructure market with a special focus on sustainable solutions. Since 2010 David has been involved in LED retrofits, solar energy projects, waste management technology developments, power transmission line development, ‘green’ solutions to natural gas distribution, CHP sole-source power development and microgrid development for both ‘grid efficiency’ and ‘grid resiliency’. Currently, he is the Chair of the Finance Committee for Smart Cities Council, where his role is to organize education for municipalities on Public-Private Partnerships (“PPP’s or P3’s) and to bring in ‘best-in-class’ capital providers as part of the supporting membership team for Smart Cities Council.

Prior to founding Lexden Capital, David was president of Berkshire Capital Financial for eight years, where he oversaw debt origination, loan program modeling, fundraising, investment committees and investor relations. He was also a founding managing partner in Berkshire Capital Group which bought and sold more than $400 Million of commercial real estate between 2003 and 2008.

David served on the advisory committee for Independence Bank, NY then Sovereign Bank, NY (a US publicly traded commercial bank) and now sits on the board of directors for several local and national charities.

Tuesday, October 1
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm • Smart City Project Financing: Choosing the P3 Structure that is Right for Youstage
Sit in on this engaging fireside chat as project developers and financiers take a deep dive into the bringing a smart city deal to fruition. Topics to be addressed in include how to anticipate technology changes, the legal and tax mechanisms available and how to determine which ones are appropriate as well as the pros and cons of various P3 structures.
Wednesday, October 2
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm • Workshop: Financing 3.0—Making Your Smart City Project a Reality with Federal, State, Local, Private and Crowd-Sourced Resources
In this interactive workshop, join legal and financing experts who will walk through use cases of various financing structures and funding programs such as those offered by the Small Business Administration, the Department of Agriculture, State grants as well as PACE (property assessed clean energy) financing. Other topics will include private sector financing options including Opportunity Zone Funds, Impact Funds, EB-5 and Crowd Funding.